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Lionel Richie To Produce Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Sammy Davis Jr. was an anomaly. He was Black and Jewish in a town unfriendly to both. In a country that prefers silence from its celebrities, Sammy Davis Jr. used his voice to draw attention to Civil Rights. As a respected singer and member of the Rat Pack, the acclaimed entertainer reached massive success simply…

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Watch The Trailer For James Baldwin Doc ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

James Baldwin was a big part of my awakening process. No one has written about America the way he has. His honesty and analysis is an indispensable part of the literary canon and anyone who wants to understand America should read him. If anyone should be the subject of a documentary, Baldwin is the most…

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Tyler The Creator Reveals Snippet From ‘Cherry Bomb’ Documentary

2017 just started and it looks like Tyler The Creator is already going to have a great year. Back in November, he held his annual Camp Flog Gnaw music festival where he and Illegal Civilization gave festival goers a 10 minute preview of an upcoming documentary about the making of Tyler’s 2015 album, Cherry Bomb.…

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Jay-Z Shares the First Trailer for ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’

The story of Kalief Browder is one that embodies the haunting reality of racial injustice in America. It’s one I contemplate when I’m out and a cop car passes me prompting the thought, “What if I don’t go home today?” What happened to this young boy is just one of the many, all too familiar…

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Listen To Our Favorite Jams of November

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already December. November flew by in the blink of an eye but we still managed to snag our favorite songs of the month for our monthly playlist. Through the fall month, we were driven by the grooviest of gems. Goldlink exclusively premiered his “See I Miss Pt. 2” with…

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s Street Art Reminds America Of Its Roots

If you’ve ever been to New York and have seen the pencil drawn, wheat-pasted faces of defiant women above bold declarations, like “Stop Telling Women To Smile” and “My Name Is Not Baby”, then you know who Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is. She has been using her art to address street harassment for years. What started out…

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New Album from Dec. 99th To Come With Yasiin Bey’s Return

Earlier this year, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) announced his retirement stating, ā€œIā€™m retiring for real this year, this week. With the 17th anniversary of Black on Both Sides being released, I am grateful to have had the career that I have been able to enjoy.ā€ However, it seems the rapper/actor has had a change of…

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Talib Kweli To Perform 1st Annual Arts East New York Gala

Talib Kweli is known for always having timely lyrics about pressing social issues. Arts East New York (AENY) has been using multi-disciplinary arts to address issues in East New York since 2009. It only makes sense that the two would come together for a special event. On Thursday, November 17, 2016, AENY will host their…

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Check Out Leikeli47’s Modest Glam in “Money” Visual

Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47, has been steadily building a following with her off-kilter sound and head-turning aesthetics. From her collaboration with AlunaGeorge to her feature as the soundtrack in Jimmy Choo‘s fall/winter 2016 ad campaign, the rising star has taken full advantage of the opportunity to expand her reach and further her sound. And by the…

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GoldLink and Highsnobiety Release Visual For “Rough Soul”

Goldlink has made a name for himself by fusing House/Dance sounds with Hip-Hop creating a genre he calls “Future Bounce.” His lyrics have been known to capture the most intimate details of relationships with a diary-like precision that, coupled with his sound, makes him a solid favorite on the rap scene. That trajectory continues its…

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Audio: Sonder, “Too Fast”

Emerging crooner Brent Faiyaz has been busy. This year he released his A.M. Paradox EP, which featured one of October’s Jams of Month, “No One Knows.” Producers, Grammy nominated Dpat and Michagan-based Atu, have worked together on past projects like “Nothing Here” and “3” with Sango. After meeting via the blogosphere, the trio have since…

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Jay-Z Thinks That The War On Drugs Is An Epic Fail. Here’s Why.

The war on drugs and its racist roots have long been a source of destruction and pain for Black America. But most Americans aren’t aware of the truth behind the war on drugs, its origins, its unfair sentences, or where we are now and why. Though there have been books and long-form articles written, like…

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